Fans concerned for professional hot dog eater after shock new report

HOT dog eating champion Joey Chestnut’s fans have voiced concern after a shocking new report on the health implications of eating the fast-food favorite.

The new study found that a person loses on average 36 minutes of their life for every beef hot dog on a bun they eat.


Joey Chestnut is a competitive eater and world record-holder for eating hot dogsCredit: AP
Chestnut has reportedly eaten 1,094 hot dogs in competitions since 2005


Chestnut has reportedly eaten 1,094 hot dogs in competitions since 2005Credit: AP

The authors noted that the loss was “largely due to the detrimental effect of processed meat.”

Fans of 37-year-old competitive Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winner Chestnut are now concerned for the eating champ.

Chestnut has reportedly eaten 1,094 hot dogs during the yearly competitive eating contests since 2005, Just Jared noted.

That number of hot dogs eaten would equal 39,384 minutes lost from Chestnut’s life.

Several people took to social media with both jokes and concerns about the competitive eater after the news broke.

“By this math Joey Chestnut is a Civil War Ghost that haunts eating competitions,” one person tweeted.

Another wrote, “Joey Chestnut’s got about 10 [minutes] left.”

“Either Joey Chestnut is immortal or this study is ridiculous,” another person added.

The findings were published in the Nature journal and described the University of Michigan researchers’ Health Nutritional Index, which they recently developed. 

The new study ranks foods by minutes gained or lost off healthy life for every serving and was released by researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

It includes more than 5,000 foods “classified by health burden and environmental impacts,” the NY Post reported.

The study ranked foods ranging from 74 minutes lost to 80 gained, Sporting News noted.

“Previous studies investigating healthy or sustainable diets have often reduced their findings to a discussion of plant-based versus animal-based foods, with the latter stigmatized as the least nutritious and sustainable,” the study said.

“Although we find that plant-based foods generally perform better, there are considerable variations within both plant-based and animal-based foods that should be acknowledged before such generalized inferences are warranted.”

Other foods linked to minutes lost from healthy life included sugary drinks, burgers. and breakfast sandwiches.

Meanwhile, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were associated with an increase in “healthy life” of 33 minutes.

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